Food and fun has united the community again for Jewish Care’s 7th Great Jewish Bake Day. Thousands of nursery children and school pupils have been getting together to bake, ice and decorate challah, cakes, biscuits and fruit with Jewish Care residents and community centre members, staff and volunteers from the ages of 2 to 102 across London and the South East at intergenerational baking sessions. Schools and nurseries have also held bake sales to raise funds to support older, isolated members of the community who rely on Jewish Care’s support.
15 nurseries, schools and Brownie groups took part, and Etz Chaim Primary School was joined by Jewish Care President, Lord Levy, when they made ice cream cakes and choc chip cookies for their bake sale. Masterchef finalist, Allegra Benitah, otherwise known as The Challah Mummy and students from secondary schools, JCoSS and Hasmonean Girls joined care home residents at The Betty and Asher Loftus Centre to enjoy an intergenerational challah baking workshop, creating beautiful star shape cinnamon breads for The Great Jewish Bake Day.
Marion Carr, who is a resident at Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen House in Friern Barnet, told Hasmonean Girls pupils, “It’s lovely to see you all here, I always loved baking and still remember my keichel recipe and I always used to bake challah, I love baking!”
Chef, Denise Phillips and children from Hertsmere Jewish Primary School joined residents at Anita Dorfman House to bake flower biscuits together. In Brighton, residents at Jewish Care’s Hyman Fine House, baked and decorated Victoria Sponge cakes together in the sunshine.
Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement, said, “It’s fantastic to see so many smiling faces as the youngest to the oldest members of our community get together to enjoy the Great Jewish Bake Day across the generations.
“Food really does bring us together and I’d like to thank everyone for taking part in activities and bake sales to help support older members of the community, including members of community centres and residents in our care homes. The community’s enthusiasm has made it a real treat to get involved in the Jewish Care’s 7th Bake Day. Bake sales are still taking place so if you haven’t held one yet, it’s not too late to invite your family and friends to take part.”